Australia — First RSL Leopard Tank Hits The Spot

The first of 30 decom­mis­sioned Leop­ard tanks to be gift­ed to RSLs around Aus­tralia was offi­cial­ly pre­sent­ed to Jer­ilderie RSL in NSW today.
As part of Remem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tions, Gov­er­nor of NSW Marie Bashir AO offi­cial­ly hand­ed over the tank to the RSL.

Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said Jer­ilderie was one of 30 RSLs who would receive a tank.

“These sev­en metre long, 42 tonne tanks were first pur­chased in 1977,” Mr Clare said.

“They were the main­stay of Australia’s armored capa­bil­i­ty for three decades. They served the Army well and have now made way for the next gen­er­a­tion tank – the M1A1 Abrams.

“They have been decom­mis­sioned at Defence sites in Puck­a­pun­yal, Ban­di­ana and Dar­win and will be trans­port­ed to their new homes at RSLs across the country.”

Mr Clare said it is expect­ed that all tanks will be deliv­ered to their new homes by mid next year.

“The RSLs will be respon­si­ble for the preser­va­tion of this chap­ter in our mil­i­tary his­to­ry,” Mr Clare said.

“They’ll put them on dis­play and keep them main­tained so com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try can appre­ci­ate their scale and power.”

So far, 24 RSL Clubs are con­firmed to receive a tank are: 

  • Been­leigh RSL
  • Bendi­go RSL
  • Bri­bie Island RSL
  • Bun­bury RSL
  • Can­ber­ra Ser­vices Club, 
  • Col­lie Cardiff RSL
  • Echu­ca and Moa­ma RSL, Echun­ga RSL
  • Epping RSL
  • Esper­ance RSL and Esper­ance Museum, 
  • Forester-Tun­cur­ry RSL,
  • Ingle­burn RSL
  • Jer­ilderie RSL
  • Kil­coy RSL
  • McLaren Vale RSL
  • Mount Gam­bier Com­mu­ni­ty RSL
  • City of Palmer­ston RSL
  • Port Kennedy RSL,
  • Port Augus­ta RSL
  • Ruther­glen RSL,
  • Sey­mour RSL
  • Upwey — Bel­grave RSL
  • Wood­ford RSL
  • Yarra­won­ga-Mul­wala RSL.

The remain­ing six RSLs are in the process of final­is­ing local approval and will be announced once these approvals are given. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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